Tuesday, May 14, 2013

centaurs and shit

what it is: centaurs and shit
where i found it: john varley's titan

While listening to way too much Slayer over the past week I've been making my way through a preposterous science fiction novel called Titan. Apparently the first volume of a trilogy, I picked this one up at random from a table at the local bookshop, mostly because of its ugly neon green cover.  Here's a little bit of what's happened so far, which I find hard to make commentary upon:

People riding in a spaceship sight a weird moon next to Saturn. They get too close and a big octopus eats them. They then enter an abstract sensory deprivation state. The octopus shits them out naked. They kill animals with harmonicas for mouths. A blimp eats them. The blimp shits them out with parachutes. They go down a river riding in a nut. They meet some multicolored centaurs with two penises that like to stomp on angels. All of this is interspersed with softcore porn.

I cannot possibly imagine where the plot may go for two more books, but I think it's worth finding out.

Here's some art from an old edition of the book. I probably would not have bought the book had this been on the front, but I'm now saving my money to get this airbrushed on the side of my motorcycle's gas tank.